On the occasion of the release of “Top Gun: Maverick”, which once again inaugurates the Tom Cruise myth, “Les Inrockuptibles” lists the ten most significant roles in the actor’s career.
For his second visit to Cannes in his career, Tom Cruise has chosen what characterizes him so well: the art of discretion. With a helicopter arrival on an aircraft carrier adorned for the occasion with a huge red carpet, the “Top Gun” myth was reactivated from the Côte d’Azur sky. The face of an angel to the soon-to-be sixty-year-old still rolls mechanics in a suit in his eternal ultra-bright smile.
This return to the track pretty much sums up the Tom Cruise phenomenon, a kind of deliciously hyperbolic and supersonic creature. When strolling from blockbuster to blockbuster for decades, with a few almost always relevant detours toward auteur movies and comedies, the fascination for the star remains intact. A look back at ten of his greatest achievements (in chronological order).
1. Joel Goodson i Risky business (1983)
Entrance to the field of a roller coaster in white socks on the floor: Tom Cruise is a rock star at home. This cult scene will have revealed him to the general public, all in his underpants and shirt, electrifying and fiddling divine alone in his living room on Oldtime Rock and Roll by Bob Seger.
2. Pete Mitchell ind Top Gun (1986)
As a fiery soul of heaven and an absolute golden boy, Tom Cruise made his hair-raising debut in action movies and officially became a Hollywood star under the direction of Tony Scott. 36 years later, Maverick is still the lord of the air.
3. Ron Kovic ind Born on July 4th (1989)
This is the first Oscar nomination for Best Actor for Tom Cruise, which for Oliver Stone interprets the true story of Ron Kovic, an ex-soldier who became paraplegic after the Vietnam War. In total breach of his image as a sex symbol, he here embodies a wounded America plagued by doubt.
4. Lestat de Lioncourt i Interview with a vampire (1994)
With Brad Pitt, they form a mythical tandem of bloodsuckers, erotic and kitsch. Launched in a car in the US night on Sympathy with the devilblonde hair and sharp canines, Tom Cruise has already written two of his great motifs: speed and eternal life.
5. Ethan Hunt ind Impossible mission (1996)
With the franchise Impossible mission, Tom Cruise becomes the iconic and irresistible actor in American action film, where Ethan Hunt is his mythological galleon character. With its pronounced taste for emptiness and climbing, Tom Cruise’s body gradually transforms into a Hollywood engine and machine.
6. Jerry Maguire ind jerry maguire (1996)
We’re leavingaction for a romantic comedy-drama by Cameron Crowe. Faced with Renée Zellweger, Tom Cruise embodies a seductive sports agent, but imbued with weaknesses and humorous melancholy. Always very cool to search for the meaning of life with Tom Cruise.
7. Bill Harford i Wide closed eyes (1999)
In Stanley Kubrick’s film Testament, Tom Cruise wanders fluffy with his then-wife, Nicole Kidman, through a labyrinthine, erotic and unsettling London. In a waking dream wandering behind the masks, the actor carries a mystery within him that is still unsolved to this day.
8. Ray Ferrier ind world War (2005)
Two eyes that are balls of deep black, pearls with tears, in the midst of disaster. As Tom Cruise begins to sing to appease his daughter (Dakota Fanning), Little Deuce Cup of Beach Boys, the chaos may well take a break.
9. Vincent ind Security (2004)
Tom Cruise, superbly filmed by Michael Mann in Endless Night, walks with his metallic hair and gray suit through the streets of Los Angeles. A contract killer with a sharp eye, he is a demented antihero in this urban manhunt marked by ultra-loneliness.
10. Commander William “Bill” Cage ind Edge of Tomorrow (2017)
Endless Day with Aliens: Tom Cruise Dies Never in This die and try again where he throws his body into a time loop that condemns him to relive the same struggle over and over again. The greatest runner in cinema history, adorned in high-tech armor, has become a truly immortal machine.
Bonus: The Grossmans in Tropical Thunder (2008)
In a smaller rock and more hip hop version, 25 years later Risky businessTom Cruise indulges in a new solo dance rehearsal to close out Ben Stiller’s comedy Come back by Ludacris. With XXL glasses, a well-started baldness and a solid gold chain, the actor is unrecognizable and signs a performance that is immediately driven to the top of his most significant performances. “Be observant!”